Center for Digital Archaeology Training Tips Blog Series

While I was interning for the Center for Digital Archaeology (CoDA), I wrote a series of short blogs based on a few of their webinar classes. This was a fun learning experience for me, because some of these topics were things I knew nothing about. It is always humbling to me how a little bit of knowledge can spark brand new hobbies and interests.

Browse through the links below to read my posts on the CoDA blog!

Photography and Photogrammetry for Archaeologists

Introduction to GIS for Archaeology

The Art of Narrative in Your Workflow

Lighting for Photogrammetry

Always Have A Backup Plan (A blog about Data Backup)

Choosing Your First Drone

Stop a Moving Lens with Tape (a photography equipment hack Featuring my favorite tool, blue painters tape..)

Placing Coded Targets for Photogrammetry in the Field

Questions for Clear Communication in your Project

To find out more about the Center for Digital Archaeology, you can visit Digitalarch.org


Interpretive Poster Activity for Archaeology Courses

I created this assignment for an introduction to archaeology course while I was a teaching assistant at Humboldt State University.


Assignment:

You have been the lead archaeological researcher at a site for years, but a recent decrease in tourism has severely threatened your funding. In an effort to promote new visitors and attract funding, the site management team has decided to produce an advertisement campaign. You are each responsible for creating a travel poster with information to entice the public.

Examples of historic travel and tourism posters can be found though the Library of Congress digital archives.

Instructions:

-Choose any site related to this week’s lectures on the development of complexity on North America.

-Using PowerPoint or a similar program, create a single slide poster with 8 ½ X 11 dimensions.

-On a separate slide, provide your sources for images and information (this includes your textbook!)

-Then either upload to the class website, or print out and bring to a physical class session for discussion!

*Your Poster must include the following to receive credit:

-Name of Site

-Image of site (pick your poison: maps, photographs, artist renditions)

-At least 5 “facts” about your site (What will the public find most interesting about the site?)